Gogglebox fan-favourite Ellie Warner has been photographed for the first time since her boyfriend's car accident as she was comforted by pals.
The 31 year old has been absent from the Channel 4 hit show since partner Nat Eddleston was involved in a car collision last month which left him in critical condition with several serious injuries.
On 18 March, Nat was walking home in Leeds when he was struck by a vehicle, suffering a broken neck, back and two collapsed lungs.
Now, over a month following his horrific accident, Ellie has been seen surrounded by friends as they exited The Three Hulats Wetherspoons Pub in Leeds.
The pink-haired star put on a casual display for the outing with her two pals as she donned a maroon top with a khaki-coloured thick shirt over it. She teamed the outfit with a pair of blue jeans and completed the ensemble with some white trainers.
Going make up-free, Ellie donned clear-framed glasses and appeared to be in deep conversation as she and her friends made their way down the street.
Ellie has been missing from Gogglebox for nearly a month and it's been reported that she will continue to take time out from the series to be by Nat’s side as she puts “100 per cent focus” on his recovery.
“Ellie’s focus, 100 per cent, is on Nat and supporting him in his recovery,” a source told The Sun. "She’s been told to take as much time off as she needs and it is very unlikely she will be returning during the current series.
"Producers have told her to take as long as she needs.”
Ellie has been keeping watch in hospital over boyfriend Nat’s progress after he initially was placed on a life support machine.
“She’s been keeping vigil at hospital,” the source added. “Nat is Ellie’s world and everyone is willing him to pull through and come out the other side.”
In the weeks since news broke of Nat’s accident, the Gogglebox star has received wide support from fans, along with her fellow cast members of which Ellie has grown close with starring on the Channel 4 show over the years.
“Ellie has been bombarded with messages of goodwill from other Gogglebox stars, they are a really close knit group, like a family.” an insider of the channel told The Sun. “Ellie has been overwhelmed with the support. It means a lot to her."
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